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This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Mikkie Mills

 


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5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Healthy All Year Long

Your pets are your family. You care about their happiness, health, and overall well-being as much as you do anyone else you love. That’s why you do everything humanly possible to
provide excellent care for your dog or cat. You want them to live a long, comfortable life with you.

Prevent Pain, Illness, and Disease from Negatively Affecting Your Pet

Taking a proactive approach to caring for your pets enables you to prevent disease and painful conditions from wreaking havoc on your life. Routine check-ups and follow-up visits with a veterinarian alerts you to any problems that your furry friend might be having. You’re then able to take the steps necessary to treat the issue and restore your pet’s health right away.

Good Tips to Follow That Promote Good Health in Pets

Promoting good health in your pets is akin to promoting good health in yourself. Following a schedule helps you address all areas of your pet’s life so that they can be happy and well-
adjusted, too. Once you’ve gotten into the groove of the new routine, you can start introducing additional health practices that involve your dog or cat.

Here are five ways to keep your pets healthy all year long:

  1. Know the value of clean teeth
    Good dental health prevents disease. It keeps tooth decay from destroying the enamel on your
    dog or cat’s teeth. Buying a pet toothbrush helps you get to the hard-to-reach spaces inside
    their mouths. If you’d prefer to leave teeth cleaning to a professional, you can pay to have your veterinarian perform the service for you. You should still be mindful to brush your pet’s teeth often to prevent a build-up of plaque and bacteria.
  2. Maintain a feeding schedule that prevents obesity
    Some pets display signs of disordered eating. They just can’t seem to get enough food. Others
    sneak food from other pet’s dishes so it looks like the dog or cat has eaten their own food. By keeping them on a feeding schedule and monitoring the number of treats they consumed, you’re able to keep the animal from gaining weight and shortening their lifespan due to obesity.
  3. Don’t disregard a change in your pet’s behavior
    Animals have a tendency to act out when they’re sick or injured. Pay close attention to how your dog or cat behaves. If you notice a distinct change in their behavior, approach them with caution. A frightened animal may lash out and hurt you or your children if touched. Schedule an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian as soon as you possibly can for further evaluation and to make sure that the problem doesn’t worsen in the meantime.
  4. Encourage exercise and play in pets
    Like humans, animals are not meant to be sedentary. Their bodies need movement to thrive. ?
    Play with your pets and encourage them to walk, jump, stretch, fetch, and interact with you as
    much as possible. Exercise helps burn calories and keep your dog and cat fit especially as they outgrow the puppy and kitty stage of life and reach senior status.
  5. Do not allow your pets to overbreed
    Have your pet spayed or neutered once they’re mature enough to handle surgery. Prematurely
    operating on young pets causes a myriad of health and temperament problems. On a different
    note, overbreeding pets can shorten their lifespan and add to the growing population of puppies and kitties needing forever homes.

A cat eye infection is painful but treatable. A visit to the veterinarian clears it up quickly. By taking action to address whatever ails your pet, you prevent bigger problems from occurring in the future. Preventative measures are absolutely essential in maintaining your dog or cat’s health. Being proactive about their health ensures that they’re able to live a long, full life with you for as long as they are alive.

Mikkie Mills, is a freelance writer who often writes about family, home improvements and the occasional DIY project.